A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
I rarely support Govt intervention in personal affairs.... However, I fully support this. The age should be the legal age to purchase tobacco, IMHO.
As a dreamer of dreams and a travellin' man, I have chalked up many a mile.
Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks and I've learned much from both of their styles!
I was a smoker for over 30 years and quit cold turkey about 6 years ago after incessant bitching from my Wife and children and being banned to smoking outside.
I was entirely guilty of smoking with my children in the car. There....I said it. 8)
Bi, Poly, Switch. I'm not indecisive, I'm greedy!
A $50 fine for child endangerment is ridiculous. This is one of those feel good laws that the nanny state is famous for. Next we could have $50 fines for having obese children, $50 fines for allowing children to play in the street and perhaps $50 fines for playing loud music (over 85db) that can damage their little ears.
I can understand the concept of trying to prevent morons from harming their children and exposing them to unnecessary dangers but why the (small?) fine and not more serious criminal charges? If the real issue is wanton child endangerment then make the sentence fit the crime; impound the vehicle ($250?), take the children to CPS ($500 fine for each) and arrest the offending adult(s) ($1,000 fine).
If the crime is serious then treat it as such. The fine for drinking alcohol in public is $100 in the Free State - is child endangerment really only half as serious of an offense?
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Smokers are going to crack their windows as soon as their eyes start to burn. I used to smoke (it's been 8 years). I would always have my window down an inch, no matter what the temperature was outside.
If the vehicle is moving, the venturi effect draws the smoke right out of the window.
Having opinions all over the map is a good sign of a person capable of autonomous thinking. Felix -2011
We surely can agree that we enjoy our personal freedom, but lets not forget that with this freedom also comes responsibility. Sadly, too many want one without the other. Perhaps its ignorance or laziness, stubbornness perhaps, who knows.
So what are we left with? We either demonstrate enough responsibility, not just for our actions, but also realizing how our actions impact others, or some have to do it for us.
If smokers, i.e., don't have enough brains to know how damaging their filthy habit is, perhaps its high time they suffer the consequences.